As seen in earlier spy photos, the front end was inspired by the Charger.
Mr. Creed says the canted forward grille is meant to make the truck look
like a charging ram rushing forward to head butt the competition.
The F-150 inspired
the Ram’s body proportions.
“We were pretty impressed with the F-150 when it came out (in
2004), but they did something we thought was a no-no. (Ford) raised the
belt line and the box height to give the F-150 great proportions and
a hot rod truck look, but made it difficult for people to reach into
the bed,” says Mr. Creed.
What was Chrysler’s
solution to improve usability accessing the cargo box but still deliver
“We raised the belt line but kept the box height the same as the
previous Ram. Then we lowered the rocker panel sills and pulled them
out, so they completely hide the frame rails at the bottom. That’s
how we got our glass to body proportions,” Mr. Creed describes.
Chrysler also blacked out the window frame in the B-pillar to give the
Dodge Ram a longer greenhouse look and made crisp character lines on
the edges of the dropped front fenders and over the rear wheels.
Laramie version gets a newly offered two-tone paint job and unique
20-inch wheels. Both were responses to input from Dodge dealers. Dealers
also influenced the design of the rear bumper on 5.7-liter HEMI V8
Rams. Dual exhausts pop out through half-radius curves in the bumper,
giving the Ram a clean aftermarket look.
Like General Motors’ full size pickups, the new Ram also has a
spoiler built into the top of the tailgate, but it’s not as prominent
as the shapely air dam that makes up the top portion of the 2009 Ford
F-150’s tailgate. The lift handle has been relocated to the top
of the tailgate, in the lip of the spoiler, for better leverage.
all badges on the Ram are three-dimensional, rather than decals. Large,
sculpted Ram emblems adorn the center of the crosshair grille and tailgate.
The Ram’s-head badge on the tailgate is 250 percent
larger than the previous badge. Internally, the design team calls it “home
Five distinct trim levels are available, each with a unique appearance:
ST, SLT, TRX, Sport and the top-of-the-line Laramie.
a whole new world
It’s hard to describe how much better
the interior of the 2009 Dodge Ram is than its predecessor. It’s
a spectacular improvement and a giant leap forward in styling and
usability in all models. Chrysler execs say the Ram’s new interior
has received the highest style ratings of any Chrysler vehicle in
Ram is the first Chrysler vehicle to follow Chrysler’s
new interior design process. Management set aside a lump of money at
the start of the program that could only be used for the cabin and nothing
“Previously, money for interiors was spread like peanut butter.
Around the bread, but as thin as you could get it,” says Mr. Creed.